|Directed by||Andrei Konchalovsky|
|Produced by||Yoram Globus
|Written by||Andrei Konchalovsky
|Music by||Tangerine Dream|
|Edited by||Alain Jakubowicz|
Shy People is a critically acclaimed 1987 American drama about two branches of a family that reunite with tragic results, starring Barbara Hershey, Jill Clayburgh, and Martha Plimpton. It was directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, written by Konchalovsky, Marjorie David and Gerard Brach, and features music by the German electronic music group Tangerine Dream.
Hershey won the "Best Actress" award at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival for her performance. It was one of the last movie roles for actor Merritt Butrick who died from AIDS in 1989. It was filmed in by the bayous of South Louisiana. The film was later released on VHS on September 1, 1998, however, as of October 2014, it has not been released on DVD.
Diana Sullivan (Jill Clayburgh) is a successful Manhattan writer and photojournalist, seemingly oblivious to the serious cocaine addiction that her wild child daughter Grace (Martha Plimpton) has developed. A commission by Cosmopolitan magazine to write an article about a lost branch of Diana's family leads them deep into the bayous of Louisiana, where they encounter Diana's distant cousin, Ruth (Barbara Hershey). Married at 12 to an abusive man whose current whereabouts are an increasingly troubling cipher, Ruth rules over her three adult sons, all less than perfectly cogent, with equal parts protectiveness and ferocity, while a fourth, disowned son adds to the volatility of the situation. As the fascinated Diana and wary Ruth circle one another, Grace, bored and in grip of her addiction, toys with her naive cousins with devastating consequences.
Awards and nominations
- Winner: 1987 Cannes Film Festival - Best Actress - Barbara Hershey
- Nominee: 1987 Cannes Film Festival - Golden Palm
- Nominee: 1988 Independent Spirit Awards - Best Supporting Actress - Martha Plimpton
- Jill Clayburgh .... Diana Sullivan
- Barbara Hershey .... Ruth
- Martha Plimpton .... Grace
- Merritt Butrick .... Mike
- John Philbin .... Tommy
- Don Swayze .... Mark
- Pruitt Taylor Vince .... Paul
- Mare Winningham .... Candy
- Shy People at the Internet Movie Database
- New York Times review by Vincent Canby
- Chicago Sun-Times review by Roger Ebert
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